Family of Imprisoned Sichuan Christians Threatened with Death
02/22/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – Sichuan officials interrogated and threatened to kill family members of imprisoned Christians after they sought the help of German diplomats on behalf of their loved ones.
On December 9, 2018, more than 150 Christians from the Autumn Rain Covenant Church (officially translated as “Early Rain Covenant Church”) were arrested in latest government crackdown against Christians. More than a dozen were criminally detained, including their outspoken pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong.
On February 14, the wives of four incarcerated Christians reached out to the German consulate in Sichuan to ask for help. The next day, they were taken by the local police office for long hours of interrogation, for ‘continuation of activities after the illegal organization has been disbanded.’
During the interrogation, these police officers alternated between threats and inducement to force the wives to inform them what was discussed during their meeting with the German diplomats, including who connected them to the consulate, who they met, and whether or not they received any material assistance.
According to China Aid, Zhou Jiao, an official from the Chengdu Municipal Public Security Bureau, told the Christian women that they were “scum” and “should not live in this world.” He also said, “I wish it were 40 years earlier so that I could put [KKK-like] hats on Christians and decapitate them” and “I will kill you all sooner or later.”
The family members were finally released on the 16th after the police stressed to them that they should never meet with foreigners again.
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